Geotechnical Engineer Salary

Geotechnical Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $65K per year. In the world of Geotechnical Engineers, overall income ranges from $47K near the bottom to $91K at the top; this can include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While the company and geography impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Geotechnical Engineers (81 percent) who took the survey are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,615 - $89,079
$48K
$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,812
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$17.00 - $43.57
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MEDIAN: $27.73
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$47,615 - $89,079  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,874  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,152  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,333 - $91,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 524
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.00 - $43.57  
   
Overtime
$23.12 - $46.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,874  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,152  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,333 - $91,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 99

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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.

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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks

  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geotechnical Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Geotechnical Engineers, URS Corporation Inc., Golder Associates Incorporated, Terracon Consultants, Inc., CH2M Hill, and Professional Service Industries, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Geotechnical Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at CH2M Hill, where the average salary comes to $80K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Aecom Corporation, URS Corporation Inc., and Geodesign, Inc., where Geotechnical Engineers typically earn around $78K, $66K, or $66K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Golder Associates Incorporated at $59K, Terracon at $61K, and Terracon Consultants, Inc., where $62K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic, AutoDesk, and AutoCAD. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and AutoCAD. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Geotechnical Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $60K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $73K. Geotechnical Engineers bring in $84K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $98K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,148

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Geotechnical Engineers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Geotechnical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+11 percent), Washington (+7 percent), Portland (+6 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 15 percent less in St. Louis and 7 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Geotechnical Engineer

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

▲51%

▲29%

▲13%

National Average
$65,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries



National Average
$65,000






▼4%


▼6%

▼9%

AutoDesk
▼10%

Visual Basic (VB)
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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